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Venezuela launches open source PCs

By   |  June 20, 2007

Following up on their support for [1]open source[/1] software and technological independence, the Venezuelan [2]government[/2] launched the "Bolivarian Computer" earlier this month. Built locally, the computers come in four different models all of which run on [3]Linux[/3].

"The price of other similar brands is $930, where the price of our computer is almost 40% less," explained President Chavez. "But, it has an added value, given that it comes with open-source software and a three year guarantee, while other brands offer only one year."

Venezuela’s government has taken a strong position in support of open-source software and with this new venture the Venezuelan government hopes to develop local industry and work towards technological independence for the country.

Nor are they the first South American country to do so. Brasil has embraced open source to the extent that a government technology minister expressed a desire to create a "continent of open source".

The new computers are produced as a joint venture by VIT (Venezuela de Industria Tecnológica), which is owned by the Chinese company Inspur Group and the Venezuelan ministry of light industry and commerce.

For 2007 the factory is expected to assemble 80 000 desktops units and 6 000 laptops. The factory can potentially produce 150 000 units a year. The first units have been donated to the public sector, including universities and various government departments and "missions", but the new computers will also be sold both inside Venezuela and for export.

The company is offering three different desktop models and one laptop, ranging in price from $405 to $1400. Processors range in speed from 1.5 GHz to a 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 1V. The laptop will use a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. 

To view the full range of Bolivarian computers, click here. (In Spanish only)


4 Responses to “Venezuela launches open source PCs”

  1. HMnSk
    June 25th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    I live in Venezuela, just don\’t make a relation between Chavez and the Open Source Software. He is just ideological and he wouldn\’t help OSI. He doesn\’t want to help OSI he just wants to fight the \”Empire\” (and it is not Gates\’ Empire but the american goverment). Take your distance…

  2. SBomid
    June 25th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    If Chavez (goverment of Venezuela) thinks that supporting Open Source is fighting against empire (either Bush or Gates) then I vote for him.

    We should have more statesmen like him around the world who don\’t stand on empire\’s paycheck list …!

  3. m recinos lopez
    June 27th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    I live in Canada. I am Latino Canadian citizen. Politics and capitalists asside, this initiative gives Venezuelans the edge to develop their knowledge based industries for today\’s and future generations, diversifying from oil,gas and natural resources including tourism.Viva Venezuela y Viva Cuba.Siempre Unidos.

  4. Ginka Neeka
    June 30th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    The only thing that bothers me is that the site offering the PCs runs ASP on Windows!

    It seems to me that is just another case of political PROPAGANDA that, even worse, is misusing open source.

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